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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California


September 13, 2012 Speeches
This bill ends the Title 17 loan guarantees that produced Solyndra and so many other alternate energy scams that cost working Americans hundreds of millions of dollars, while the politically connected perpetrators of these scams walked away as wealthy men and women. But this measure would still put taxpayers on the hook to loan out billions of dollars more to at least 50 additional shady alternative energy schemes that were submitted before January 1st.
September 12, 2012 Speeches
FISA allows the government to target foreign nationals and to intercept their communications with American citizens without a warrant as required by the Fourth Amendment. We're told not to worry - the law requires that irrelevant information collected in this matter be disregarded. Here's the problem: the enforcement of this provision is itself shrouded in secrecy
August 13, 2012 Speeches
I appreciate the invitation to speak today among these distinguished public officials about the future of Lake Tahoe, and I especially want to thank Sen. Heller for bringing us all together today for a candid discussion about the future of Lake Tahoe. When I visit with community groups here - not the politicians or the professional environmentalists, but the shopkeepers and employees who actually live and work here - their singular struggle is with a stagnating economy and a staggering unemployment rate hovering around 16 percent.
July 10, 2012 Speeches
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision on the so-called "Affordable Care Act," the House will once again take up the imperative of repealing it. But the Supreme Court decision has much more dire implications for our nation and its cherished freedoms than merely affirming the government take-over of our health care. In reaching its conclusion, the Court obliterated a fundamental distinction between a penalty and a tax.
July 10, 2012 Speeches
M. Speaker: Obamacare was sold to the American people on three claims, all of which were false. First, they said it would bend the cost-curve down. But the Medicare actuary admitted to the House Budget Committee that it will add at least $300 billion more to our health care costs.
July 6, 2012 Speeches
Two days ago, we celebrated the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and its proud proclamation that "all men are created equal."
June 27, 2012 Speeches
This amendment forbids further federal expenditures for the Central Subway project in San Francisco. The project is a 1.7 mile subway that is estimated to cost $1.6 billion -- and those cost estimates continue to rise. Its baseline budget has more than doubled in nine years and shows no signs of slowing. The current estimate brings the cost to nearly $1 billion per mile. That's five times the cost per lane mile of Boston's scandalous "Big Dig."
June 27, 2012 Speeches
This amendment saves $3.4 billion by eliminating funding for the Community Development Block Grant program. This program was created in 1974 with the stated objective of eliminating blight and providing affordable housing. In the nearly four decades since then, it has degenerated into a federal slush fund for pet projects of local politicians and politically connected businesses. It is plagued by profligate waste and outright fraud.
June 26, 2012 Speeches
If the House is to live up to the promises the Republican majority made to the American people to bring spending under control, some tough choices are going to have to be made. But this amendment isn't one of them. This is about the easiest choice the House could possibly make: to put an end to the so-called "Essential Air Service" that lavishly subsidizes some of the least essential air services in the country. This program shells out nearly $200 million a year - including $114 million of direct taxpayer subsidies - to support empty and near-empty flights from selected airports in tiny communities - most of which are just a few hours' drive from major airports.
June 23, 2012 Speeches
Here is the fine point of it. They didn't sit out the war. More Californians volunteered for the Union Army per capita than any other state in the Union.